Now we must confess we are new to building a coop however based on sketches, drawings, Pinterest and this Better Homes & Gardens episode we think we’ll be right (not too mention Nikki did grow up on a chicken farm).
// Create a supervisory desk to lay out and review your plans.
// Get a good feel for the space by stepping out your plans and using your tape measure.
// Once satisfied, make your mark with spray paint and a builders line.
// Look at the space holistically, including surrounding paths and garden beds to ensure you have enough room surrounding the henhouse. (Bingo, our guesstimate sketches were perfectly positioned).
See how to create the perfect circular garden bed with a stick dug into the centre, a string line and tine of spray paint.
// Reuse your ‘good’ grass if you can. Luke cleverly moved these patches up to where the original coop was. (In this space here).
// Start digging your holes, approximately 600mm deep (based on posts 2.4m in length).
A lovely surprise as Luke’s parents popped in to lend a hand and bring lunch (thank you).
// It’s crucial to level each post before compacting the dirt to secure in place. Hint: Be sure to constantly refer to your level as the post will move each time more dirt is added and compacted. We also opted not to concrete to save on cost and to make demolition easier should we ever wish to move or relocate the coop.
We used 100x75mm treated pine fence posts for the henhouse and coppers logs for the chicken run. This was purely because we were lucky enough to have been gifted this timber. #recycling
We’re now off to thrift a solid timber and glass door (I have my heart set on a diamond one like this), two windows and a sliding window track to access the chicken boxes.
How two build a chicken coop Part 2 + coming soon.